By Stephen Ramirez
@steverramirez on Twitter
GLENDORA — South Pasadena High School has opened the boys basketball season with a couple of close losses.
The Tigers made sure Tuesday that wouldn’t happen a third time.
Joey Toyama scored 18 points and Greg Luck had 10 and South Pasadena used a 12-0 start en route to a 55-25 victory over Charter Oak in the first round of the Glendora Tournament at Glendora High School.
The Tigers, who also got six points each from Logan Wong and Christian Lee, improved to 3-2. They will face Glendora, which beat Northview, 61-22, in tonight’s quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m.
Dakota Golden had eight points and Joe Bonilla seven for Charter Oak, which slipped to 0-3.
South Pasadena, which has a two-point overtime loss to Eagle Rock and a 1-point setback to Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies to open the season, made five of its first nine attempts to jump out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter and 15-2 early in the second quarter. The Tigers, after Charter Oak used a 9-5 run to get back into it, closed the half with an 11-3 blitz and a 17-7 run in the third quarter to win going away.
South Pasadena coach David Lutzeier: “Early on, we shot the ball well. We kind of went flat for a little while, but I was proud of the way they shot the ball late in the game. They shot with confidence.”
Charter Oak coach Jason Rochwerg: “We came out flat and it was one of those things that carried throughout the game. We really didn’t take care of the ball like we normally do. I just think we couldn’t find any rhythm. Give South Pasadena credit. That 1-3-1 (zone) they ran, our kids couldn’t make the adjustment. Unfortunately, we picked a bad night to have a bad shooting night on top of it.”
Damien 94, vs. Bassett 33
Serrano 48, San Dimas 34
Don Lugo 75, West Covina 69
Walnut 76, Jurupa Hills 48
Rowland 64, Baldwin Park 37
Burbank 74, Sierra Vista 30
South Pasadena 55, Charter Oak 25
Glendora 61, Northview 22
Damien vs. Serrano, at Glendora, 4:30 p.m.
Don Lugo vs. Walnut at West Covina, 7:30 p.m.
Rowland vs. Burbank, at Rowland, 4:30 p.m.
Glendora vs. South Pasadena, at Glendora, 7:30 p.m.
By Stephen Ramirez